• Story Development Intensive Workshop with Robert Lence

Start Date May 10, 2018 06:00 PM

End Date May 13, 2018 01:00 PM

Thursday through Sunday

Venue Center Stage Gallery

Burbank,CA,United States

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Phone 8188003661

Story Development Intensive Workshop with Robert Lence


Location: CTN Gallery in Burbank
May 10 – May 13, 2018
Thurs. May 10, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fri. May 11, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sat. May 12, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sun. May 13, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
Instructor: Former Pixar and Disney Story Artist, Writer and Director Robert Lence


This intensive 4-day workshop will introduce students to how stories are developed at the major feature animation studios. There will be lectures, slides and film clips about story and storyboarding. The students will get hands-on experience in creating a concept for an animated short, and developing it, with lots of one-on-one coaching from Robert. Then on the final day, the students will pitch their finished concepts, complete with drawings, to the class.

Promises to be a fun and intensive workshop, packed with lots of practical story information, and with plenty of opportunity for students to hone and show off their storytelling “chops!”

SPECIAL EVENT INCLUDED: Join Robert Lence and special guest stars in a re-enactment of a live story meeting. Find out how a real story meeting works, and watch story professionals work together on a single project. Followed by a critique and networking session.


Introduction and Bio.

We will chart how the studios go about choosing and developing an idea for animation.

Basics of visual communication, composition and staging. Basics of story structure.


We will talk about the different types of storyboarding, from beat boards to continuity boards, with examples shown of each.

We will look at film clips that pertain to story concepts.

At the end of the night, students will select their elements for their final pitch assignments.


One-on-one workshop, working with your elements, developing your concept, with plenty of feedback from Robert.

How to pitch and present your idea. Robert will share his experiences and insights in how to prepare and deliver a successful pitch.


Pitch Day! The workshop will culminate with each student standing up and pitching their film concept to the class.


Some basic drawing skills would be a plus, but since the focus of the class is story, even simple stick figures would be okay!

Can draw digital or traditional. If digital, you’ll need to print out for your final pitch.